The Grand View men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Baldwin City, Kansas to compete in the Heart of America Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 4. The event was hosted by Baker University and held at Baldwin City Golf Course.
Courtesy Vikings Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Grand View Men’s Cross Country Team 2017 ©Doug Wells 2017
The women’s team finished in 11th place with 302 team points. Top three finishers in the 5k race were senior Michelle Thayer (Runnells, Iowa), sophomore Michaela Barretta (Indianola, Iowa), and freshman Mackenzie Christensen (Logan, Iowa). Thayer led the Vikings and finished 40th with a time of 21:06. Barretta came in 51st at 21:44, and Christensen crossed in 22:27 for 59th place.
In the men’s 8k race Grand View came in 9th place with 267 team points. Junior Alex Arechavaleta (Altoona, Iowa) finished in 39th place with a time of 28:23 while freshman Ben Huftalin (Osage, Iowa) crossed in 46th at 29:03. Senior Brandon Young (Des Moines, Iowa) rounded out the top 3 finishers for the Vikings with a 54th place finish in 29:31.
See full results of both races at the following link, click here!